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by ARLnow.com — September 1, 2015 at 5:00 am 0

Kitchen

A Cleaning Service
Beatriz Sampaio, Owner
Phone: 703-892-8648
Email: [email protected]
http://www.acleaningserviceinc.com/

Not everyone feels like they’ve been given the chance to live their destiny. But Beatriz Sampaio does.

Sampaio came to the U.S. from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1985 after studying at a university there. After less than a year in the states, she and a friend-turned-business-partner acquired a house-cleaning company based in Arlington. The previous owner was looking to leave the business, and handed over the keys to Sampaio and her partner.

Sampaio had no experience running a business but was eager to take on the challenge. She said she learned by working and watching.

“I was so young then, and so fresh,” Sampaio said. “I had the knack for it. I was born to be an entrepreneur.”

Sampaio’s partner left the business after five years, and since then, Sampaio has been the sole owner of A Cleaning Service, which is a residential and also a commercial cleaning service that serves Arlington and the D.C. area.

One aspect of her company that Sampaio says sets it apart from her competitors is that A Cleaning Service is not a franchise. When customers want to book an cleaning, have a special request or a problem, they can call her directly.

Sampaio says the direct line from clients to her office is something that hasn’t changed in the 30 years she’s been running the business. Clients appreciate her openness and availability in a world in which it’s often difficult to get a real person on the phone, never mind the business owner.

It’s these personal touches that make A Cleaning Service different from regular maid services. Sampaio is also proud of her employees, who have been called dependable, honest and responsive to feedback in online reviews.

The company does have notably consistent employees. Of her 50-person cleaning staff, Sampaio says many of them have been with the company for eight or nine years, and some many more. One woman, Maria, has been with the company the full 30 years Sampaio has owned it.

It’s her creativity as a business owner that Sampaio thinks makes her a good boss. Some of that creativity comes from connection to music. When she was 10, Sapmaio got her first guitar, and immediately fell in love with the sound. She’s particularly fond of classical and jazz music, and still composes and plays guitar today.

Sampaio likes that there’s low turnover in her company because the job gives workers a chance to really learn a how to do their jobs well, clients like getting to know the workers who often work in their homes.

The four-legged family members also appreciate a consistent staff in their homes too, says Sampaio, a long-time animal lover.

Sampaio’s love of animals goes back to her childhood, and it’s something she likes to incorporate into A Cleaning Service’s appointments. When her staff is friendly towards the animals they see every week or month, they also notice if something is wrong, and can tell the homeowners.

The direct line from clients to Sampaio is something that hasn’t changed in the past 30 years, though Sampaio says some things have changed. Like all businesses that have been around that long, she has had to incorporate computer systems and the Internet into her work.

The Internet has worked to A Cleaning Service’s advantage, connecting customers through forums to recommend their services. Angie’s List and Yelp reviews bring attention to Sampaio’s business because of thorough reviews from pleased clients. A Cleaning Service has won Angie’s List Super Service Award three times in the last four years.

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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm 759 0

A-Town Bar and Grill
Specialty sushi, classic American food, and a lively atmosphere
Ballston neighborhood, one block from metro

Loco for Coco – The Coconut Chicken Tenders are the perfect mix of savory and sweet. Breaded chicken in crispy coconut, fried to perfection, and dipped in spicy mayo sauce to put a zing on the sweetness. Yum!

Comfort Food CravingsMac N’ Cheese Bites are an A-Town classic – deep-fried macaroni and cheese with marinara dipping sauce. Let’s just say your childhood self would be pretty jealous.

Sushi Eruption – We like to call the Mix! Volcano Roll the lasagna of sushi. These delicious shrimp tempura rolls are filled with huge avocado chunks, topped off with crunchy Tobiko and crabmeat, and adorned with eel sauce for a tad of sweetness.

Little Lobsters & Cute Crabs – The Mini Lobster & Crab Cakes with Papaya Chutney are crazy good. The cakes are perched on top of papaya chutney with corn, carrots, peas, and peppers dressed in a light vinaigrette. Dip ’em in the mayo sauce if you want, but they’re juicy and moist without it too!

I’ll Have an Old Fashioned – There’s nothing wrong with ordering some classic Fish & Chips. The fish is covered in a light and crispy batter that doesn’t overpower the tender, fresh meat inside (a rare balance!). It’s served up with an order of A-Town’s signature Old Bay seasoned fries, of course.

A Huge ‘Giant Burger’ – The A-Town Giant Burger is no joke. With two beef patties, cheddar cheese, fried egg, bacon, and a beer battered onion ring, this burger makes you think you might need to wait until next week to get your cholesterol checked. Cooked to perfection and dripping with delicious juices, this burger is a must-try item on the A-Town menu.

Adult Candy – That’s what we call A-Town’s signature deep fried desserts. Choose from deep fried Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, or Oreos. Melt in your mouth candy is deep fried and topped with ice cream. We don’t think anything gets better than that!

About A-Town:
4100 Fairfax Drive, Arlington VA 22203
(703) 991-4687
http://a-townballston.com/

 About Spotluck: If you’ve ever had trouble figuring out where to eat in Arlington, we hear ya. We’re a small (but mighty) D.C. area startup that created an awesome free restaurant discovery app that lets you “spin” for discounts at great local spots every day. Don’t be hangry, download Spotluck for iPhone or Android to discover and save money at a local restaurant today.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 26, 2015 at 5:00 am 718 0

It’s impossible not to be wowed by seeing Notch 8, a brand new modern-industrial apartment building with loads of amenities and all the stops pulled out.

These upscale apartments in Potomac Yard (2900 Main Line Boulevard) have just sweetened the deal.

This weekend, Notch 8 is hosting a grand opening celebration for Grillin’ and Chillin’. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., stop by for hard lemonade, sliders and other backyard barbeque favorites. But the food is only part of what makes this celebration a special one. This weekend only, incentives include up to two months free, a $1000 Giant gift card (now that’s a shopping spree!) and waived amenity fee.

Notch 8 has features to keep pace with your lifestyle, whether you’re ready to work out with the on-site personal trainer or host friends in the lounge, a multitude of modern amenities will keep you going. With a decked-out courtyard including hammocks, an outdoor flat screen and even an outdoor billiards table, there is more to this green space than just your typical swimming pool and barbeque grills. If you’re the indoor type, surf the net in the eLounge or hang out in the Game Room. Notch8 residents can have it all without leaving the comfort of home. There’s also a Giant grocery and Starbucks on the ground floor providing super convenient access for your weekly shopping and daily caffeine fix.

One can’t overlook the well-designed apartments in a variety of floorplans that offer stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, plank flooring, high-tech Nest thermostats and an electronic key system, just to name a few of the high-end features.

For people ready to venture out to the neighborhood, there’s plenty to do in the walkable, dynamic area. Plus, the Crystal City and Braddock Road metro stations are easily accessible by the Metroway bus running every 6 minutes during rush hour. The scenic Mount Vernon trail is just a block away and a haven for runners and cyclists.

This weekend is the time to see Notch 8, with the awesome incentives and refreshments at their Grillin’ & Chillin’ grand opening celebration, but if you can’t make it, visit the website or call 866-811-1457 to learn more.

The preceding article was sponsored by Notch 8 apartments.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm 509 0

Restaurant discovery app Spotluck is spotlighting its Arlington restaurant partners. Download Spotluck for iPhone or Android to discover and save money at a nearby spot today. 

Fuego
Traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist
2800 Clarendon Blvd (two blocks from Clarendon Metro)

Mini But Mighty: These Taquitos de Atún sit atop a homemade salsa de arból, and guacamole to hold the shells upright. Cute mini shells are stuffed with delicious and tender ahi tuna. Queso fresco, guacamole, and a slice of red onion top it all off.

Duck Duck Goose: The Flautas de Pato features tender, shredded confit of barbequed duck leg wrapped inside a masa corn cake shell and flash fried. It’s topped with pickled red onion and queso fresco, served with a mole negro dipping sauce. Holy mole!

Mexican Mussels: These tender Pacífico Beer Steamed Mussels are bathed in a chipotle broth of heavy cream and beer. Chunks of fresh chorizo for a little zing, caramelized onions, tomatoes, and a dusting cilantro complement these mussels perfectly. You won’t even have to ask for a straw to slurp up the broth; the mussels come with a big piece of bolillo bread to soak it all up.

Fresh Catch: This locally-sourced Yellowfin ahi tuna melts in your mouth. Seared on the outside and tender on the inside, it blends perfectly with its bed of yellow heirloom tomato puree. Fresh charred local watermelon salad balances nicely and adds a bite of sweetness.

Even though the Pesca Del Día rotates, it will always be locally caught, and will always be the same price no matter what catch it is.

Know Your Flags: Fuego’s Enchiladas Mexicanas de Pollo might be the most delicious enchiladas you’ve ever had. Tender pulled chicken tinga is rolled up in a corn flour tortilla with a fresh cheese blend and diced onions, and is topped with salsas rojo, verde, and queso in the shape of the Mexican flag. Served with thick-cut yucca fries and a delicious habanero aioli dipping sauce, you’ll leave full and happy after this meal.

Corn Flakes Comeback: If you’re missing the good ol’ days you started every morning with a bowl of corn flakes, look no further than Torrejas. This thick slice of brioche is dipped in French toast batter and pressed in a Panini press. Its smeared with Mexican goat milk caramel and topped with caramelized and candied corn flakes to give it a delectable crunch.

Warm Sugar Canela-Dusted Churros: These classic Mexican staples are a must-try dessert. These fresh hand-made sticks are rolled in a sweet sugar mixture, and come to the table accompanied with a caramel sauce that will make you regret offering to share a dessert.

 

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 20, 2015 at 8:00 am 342 0

Fall 2015 is almost here, and USS is set to kick off its Fall Social Sports season!

And we have good news: United Social Sports is bringing more leagues to Arlington this Fall. Want to meet new people? Maybe see your friends more often? Wanna stay active and moving?

United Social Sports Fall registration is OPEN and you can accomplish all of these by registering for one or more of the Fall leagues in Arlington and D.C.! But act fast, Fall registration is closing soon, and leagues are filling fast. Check out our featured leagues that still have space below.

Ready to play? Check out the returning and new leagues playing this Fall. USE Promo Code: ARLFL15 & save on registration.

Bar Sports (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Bocce (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Skeeball (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Soccer (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Softball (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Volleyball (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Ultimate Frisbee (Click for Full Fall Lineup)

Heads up – Team Sports registration closes Sept 15th, and Bar Sports on Sept 22nd or when leagues fill. Be sure to act fast!

Don’t miss out on our upcoming events:

The preceding post was written and sponsored by United Social Sports

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 19, 2015 at 5:00 am 353 0

Question markAnyone who has to face moving faces concerns and worries about hiring the right company. Whether you’re moving a home, apartment or office, only qualified specialists can organize the move and ensure the safety of the client’s property.

It is important to distinguish professional movers from the usual loaders. This is due to the fact that almost every car driver today boldly calls himself a mover, although he does not have the necessary knowledge, skills and tools.

Experts identify a number of key features that a professional mover has. First of all, it is the presence of a page in the popular social networks. Most of the amateur teams do not bother creating accounts on Facebook and Google+. If you find the moving company’s page in at least one of the social networks, be sure to visit it.

When first viewing the account, you can easily figure out how often the creator visits it. It bodes well for a company when you can easily find customers’ reviews, answers to frequently asked questions and all sorts of useful customer information. For example, take a look at this Facebook page and this Google+ account.

A trustworthy professional mover will post photos and videos of their work and customer feedback As a rule, professional movers spread on their pages photos and video of the work performed or the feedback of the customers, so potential customers can estimate the quality of services and the professionalism of workers.

Pay attention to customer reviews. Visit the testimonials sections of websites, social media and Yelp, and read what clients have to say. On some sites, you can even call the phone number of the reviewer or message him or her directly. Satisfied customers will be happy to tell you about their experiences.

Another important point is the cost of the services offered. Professional movers appreciate their time and energy. Prices that seem too low can be a red flag for shoddy services. You want to be sure to hire a company that takes pride in their work, is responsible and has proper work permits, if applicable.

There should be a broad range of staff responsibilities at a reputable company. You should be expect them to offer you a number of employees, packaging materials and a selection of different vehicles at your request. Each team should have an appraiser, a logistician, a team of loaders. Large professional movers have at least eight managers and several teams of specialists. Only in this case the company can stay in touch and respond to orders.

The company VA Movers is a good example of professional movers who know their duties very well. They have their own packaging materials and vehicle array, which can guarantee a high quality of services and strict adherence to contract terms. Companies that do not use the services of intermediaries are confident in their abilities.

Have a good move!

The preceding article was written and sponsored by VA Movers

by ARLnow.com — August 18, 2015 at 5:30 pm 0

New mobile ad unit on ARLnowLabor Day is just three short weeks away. Your potential customers are returning from their summer vacations and their kids are getting ready to go back to school.

Will your business have its message in right smack in front of these customers as we enter the busy fall season?

If not, now is a perfect time to book your advertising campaign with ARLnow.com.

ARLnow is Arlington’s number one local news source, reaching an engaged and passionate audience of more than 200,000 readers each month. If you want to reach those who live and work in Arlington — young families in Westover, long-time residents in Rock Spring, apartment dwellers on Columbia Pike, tech workers in Crystal City and everyone in between — no one reaches Arlington consumers like ARLnow.

In addition to our time-tested offerings, local advertisers can now reach our readers on the go, thanks to new mobile advertising options. We only have dedicated mobile slots available for five advertisers, so be sure to ask about it today.

See our media kit for more information or contact our business staff at 703-348-0583 or via the form at the bottom of this page.

Just Listed in Arlington

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 14, 2015 at 9:00 am 1,154 0

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Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

Arlington’s real estate market picked up a little steam this week as 71 properties went under contract ranging in price from $206,000 to a $2.45 million 2-bedroom condo in the Waterview in Rosslyn.

Buyers this week enjoyed a slight dip in mortgage interest rates caused by China’s devaluing its currency, the yuan. That move impacted the yield on US treasuries, which influenced mortgage rates. The 30-yr fixed rate jumbo dropped several basis points but is still hovering at about 4%.

So it’s still a great time to buy, if you can find the right home. Sellers were timid this week, putting only 51 new listings on the market, and most of those are condos. The average list price of ratified sales this week rose to $637,000 while the average days on market dropped to 49.

You can access all active listings in Arlington on the Cathell Team website.

Spotluck Spotlight: Me Jana

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm 688 0

Restaurant discovery app Spotluck is spotlighting its Arlington restaurant partners. Download Spotluck for iPhone or Android to discover and save money at a nearby spot today.

Remember in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” where the mother tells the vegetarian son-in-law “You no eat no meat??? That’s okay I make lamb.”

We get it now. We’ve compiled what you NEED to try at Me Jana, including their famous lamb chops!

Baba Ga-What? Baba Ghannouj! Smoked eggplant is pureed with tahini in this smooth dip. The tangy flavor perfectly complements the warm, charred pita and makes a perfect meal starter for the whole table.

Cheese Please! The seared halloumi cheese is a standout on the appetizer menu. It’s lightly bronzed and served with poached pears and dates on the top.

Appetizer Overload: Me Jana’s grape leaves are cooked very slowly to keep them super tender. The spices inside are mixed with tomatoes and chopped Vidalia onion to give the rice great flavor.

Lebanese Pizza?!: If you love the fresh charred pita here, we highly recommend the Lahem Be-Ajeen. A thin pita bread topped with ground lamb and sliced beef that’s been slow-cooked in a bouquet of Lebanese spices and pomegranate molasses. Wow.

Big Ticket Item: Lamb chops… marinated… grilled to perfection… and served with a unique parsley onion salad and potatoes. That whipped cream-looking stuff on the side of the plate? Me Jana’s signature garlic sauce. Dip everything in reach in this sauce; we promise, the only ones who will regret it are any lingering vampires in a 10-mile radius.

Sweet Treat: Finish your meal with a traditional Lebanese dessert called “Ashta.” This silky milk pudding is served with bananas, strawberries, and a crisp piece of filo on top for dipping. Topped with honey and pistachios, this makes the perfect palate cleanser and after-dinner treat.

About Me Jana:
2300 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
703-465-4440
http://www.me-jana.com/

About Spotluck: If you’ve ever had trouble figuring out where to eat in Arlington, we hear ya. We’re a small (but mighty) local startup; we created a fun and free mobile app that lets you “spin” for discounts at great local restaurants every day. Don’t be hangry. Learn more at www.spotluck.com and download the app here.

 

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 6, 2015 at 4:30 pm 888 0

Restaurant discovery app Spotluck is spotlighting its Arlington restaurant partners. Download Spotluck for iPhone or Android to discover and save money at a nearby spot today.

Faccia Luna
Classic Italian food with comfy outdoor seating in the heart of Clarendon
1.5 blocks from Clarendon Metro

Visit Faccia Luna and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped right into your grandmother’s kitchen. Friendly staff that make you feel like part of the family, delicious homemade Italian food, and a great atmosphere make Faccia Luna a must-eat stop on any Clarendon food tour.

Cutest Meaty Morsel: Meatball Sliders, smothered in a tangy marinara that bites so nice. These minis make a great appetizer for sharing.

Straight from Grandma’s Kitchen: Sliders didn’t quite fill you up? Order the Agnolotti con Mozzarella, a house-made ravioli stuffed with mozzarella cheese and sun-dried tomato, served in a delicious basil pesto cream sauce.

Can’t Miss: You simply can’t go wrong with ANY of Faccia Luna’s signature pizzas. Try the Via Toscana pizza with a crispy crust, big round slices of gouda (plus FOUR other cheeses), caramelized onions and prosciutto. Or, if you’re feeling like you’re in the mood for some brunch, check out their Breakfast Pizza. This white pizza with fried egg, cheese, and a delicious garlicky crust is only served on the weekends – so don’t worry, you won’t be tempted to play hooky and grab a slice during the week.

A Light Lunch: If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, try out the Fontina Chicken Sandwich. Perfectly charred chicken is paired with a citrusy aioli and topped with Fontina cheese to create the perfect melted delight.

Sweet Treat: Finish the meal with some homemade rich chocolate Belgian Mousse.  Enough said, now head to bed!

About Faccia Luna:
2909 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington Va. 22201
703-276-3099

http://www.faccialuna.com/arlington

About Spotluck: If you’ve ever had trouble figuring out where to eat in Arlington, we hear ya. We’re a small (but mighty) local startup; we created a fun and free mobile app that lets you “spin” for discounts at great local restaurants every day. Don’t be hangry. Learn more at www.spotluck.com and download the app here.

 

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 4, 2015 at 5:00 am 807 0

Want to live an active, car-optional life? Consider one of Arlington’s most walkable, most accessible and most amenity-filled neighborhoods: Crystal City.

Yes, Crystal City, the Rodney Dangerfield of the D.C. area.

And if you’re going to live there, consider one of the Crystal City’s best apartment values: the recently-renovated Crystal Square Apartments.

Just a half-block from the Crystal City Metro station, the building features spacious apartments, dark hardwood flooring, kitchens with maple or cherry cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, in-unit washers and dryers and new fixtures and lighting. Plus there are amenities like a large swimming pool, a brand new rooftop gym and cardio studio, a rooftop terrance with views of the D.C. monuments, a gaming and billiards room and, coming soon, a dog park.

While you’re living at Crystal Square, here are ten interesting outings within a half mile walk from your apartment.

  1. Beach volleyball. Situated right near 23rd Street, these pristine courts feature pickup games that begin after work hours. Which is for the best, because then the sand cools down between your toes.
  2. Watch planes, trains and soccer games. Maybe you have kids, maybe you’re a kid at heart — either way, you can watch planes and trains go by up close at Long Bridge Park. The soccer field there is also state of the art and hosts local leagues, colleges and occasionally D.C. United, too. Plus, you can see the monuments across the river.
  3. Try hot yoga. Ready to achieve something new in your workouts? At  Mind Your Body Oasis, static poses challenge you and the heat feels like a detox. And honestly, if can make it through an Arlington summer, these classes should be no sweat (Still, bring along some water).
  4. Cheer on your teams. Whether you just got to Arlington and still cheering your home team or you’re a diehard fan of local teams, Buffalo Wild Wings and the Crystal City Sports Pub are great places to catch all the sports you want, from the NFL to college basketball, extreme sports or an MMA fight.
  5. Sip some bubble tea. There are two kinds of people in the world, those who love bubble tea and those who haven’t tried it yet. Get your boba on with fruity smoothie flavors or traditional milky tea. Yelpers say Lily Bubble Tea and Smoothie is best accessed by foot, which works for you– it’s only a three minute walk.
  6. Take a ride. Whether you have your own racing bike, a casual cruiser or you take Capital Bikeshare, you’ll be right next to the heart of the region’s trail network. Bike to work in the city, head over to Rosslyn or take the  Mt. Vernon Trail down to see George Washington’s humble abode.
  7. Find a nautical treasure. If you’re looking for unique nautical gifts — and who isn’t? — check out Ship’s Hatch, a store that appeals to those who love being on the water, or know someone retiring from the military. This store will embroider hats with the name of any ship that has ever sailed if you know what you’re looking for, or if you’re just browsing, it may surprise you with a hidden gem.
  8. Make something cool. Ditch your dinky 3-D printer and upgrade to industrial scale, because TechShop is in town. It’s a design and fabrication studio “on a mission to democratize tools of innovation.” Once you buy a membership, the doors are open to you 24/7. And if you’re not already an expert, they also hold lots of classes.
  9. Eat some good stuff. Serving milkshakes, burgers and fries that taste like the ingredients just came from the farm next door, chef Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery has food you can feel good about. The company also aims to recycle everything they can, even the restaurant itself is made from recycled materials. Chef Spike’s We , The Pizza is next door, if you want a quick slice or a homemade soda.
  10. Catch a unique performance. Even if you’ve seen a play, you may have never seen a play like this. Synetic Theater is famous for its wordless Shakespeare productions and it also does a variety of other types of shows, all with physical acting and no speaking.

Ready to move in? Contact the Crystal Square Apartments today to schedule a visit.

Whether you head to the Crystal City Shops under your feet, take a walk or a bike ride, or attend one of the neighborhood’s well-known seasonal events, there is something to do in Crystal City every day of the year. But if you decide instead to kick back on your balcony or by the pool, we won’t judge.

The preceding article was written by ARLnow.com for our sponsor, the Crystal Square Apartments

Just Listed in Arlington

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — July 31, 2015 at 5:00 am 1,396 0

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Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

While it’s certainly the season for beach, pools, and boating, but not all buyers have gone on vacation.

The pace of sales this week in Arlington has outpaced the rate of new listings. Some 66 properties went under contract this last week, while only 60 new listings came on the market.

At this healthy rate, Arlington has only about 2.7 months’ worth of inventory (there are 693 properties actively for sale). A real estate market is considered to be at equilibrium at about 5.5-6 months of inventory.

Interest rates are helping sales. In the last two weeks, rates have dropped slightly. Right now the 30-yr fixed rate for jumbo loans is about 4%. Also, more and more lenders are adding new products for 10% and 5% down, no mortgage insurance programs, and more.

It continues to be a great time to buy, if you can only find that “right” home.

  1. 4201 LEE HWY W #604, ARLINGTON, VA 22207- $269,000
  2. 1001 RANDOLPH ST #115, ARLINGTON, VA 22201- $345,000
  3. 4423 34TH ST S, ARLINGTON, VA 22206- $465,000
  4. 1021 GARFIELD ST #303, ARLINGTON, VA 22201- $474,900
  5. 2648 N SYCAMORE ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22207- $610,000
  6. 129 COLUMBUS ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22203- $725,000
  7. 251 BARTON ST, ARLINGTON, VA 22201- $860,000
  8. 708 HARRISON ST N, ARLINGTON, VA 22205- $950,000

You can access all active listings in Arlington on the Cathell Team website.

Spotluck Spotlight: Sushi Rock

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — July 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm 616 0

Restaurant discovery app Spotluck is spotlighting its restaurant partners in Arlington. Download Spotluck for iPhone or Android to discover and save money at a local restaurant today.

Sushi Rock
Delicious specialty rolls and a rock & roll theme
Courthouse neighborhood, two blocks from Metro

Can’t Miss: Light My Fire Roll (Sushi Rock’s most popular for years running!). This crunchy shrimp tempura and avocado roll is crazy good, and has a bit of a kick to it from the spicy tuna, aioli, and sliced jalapeno. Crunchy tempura flakes top it off and give the roll its signature look.

You ordered WHAT at a sushi joint? Braised Short Rib. It will melt right in your mouth (9 hours of slow cooking marinated beef will do that), and pulls apart with chopsticks easily. Trust us, you’ll start coming back for this stuff alone.

Lighter Option: The Spicy Scallop and Cucumber Roll off the classic rolls section of the menu is light and crisp, but flavorful. The tobiko and spicy mayo definitely add some bonus kick to round it out.

From the Sea: Balance out the heavier rolls with a Sashimi Set. These colorful slabs of salmon, tuna, yellow tail, and white tuna nicely complement a bigger specialty roll or entrée.

Keep on Rollin’: You can’t forget about the Proud Mary Crab Roll. This house-recommended favorite won’t disappoint! Crispy fried onion chips with old bay seasoning top off this delicious roll filled with avocado, salmon, and tender crabmeat; it’ll leave you wondering why Sushi Rock doesn’t go ahead and open up a location in Maryland already.

About Sushi Rock:
1900 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington VA 22201
(571) 312-8027
www.sushirockva.com

About Spotluck: If you’ve ever had trouble figuring out where to eat in Arlington, we hear ya. We’re a small (but mighty) D.C. area startup. We created a fun and free mobile app that lets you “spin” for discounts at great local restaurants every day. Don’t be hangry, download the app HERE and visit us at www.spotluck.com.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — July 28, 2015 at 5:00 am 714 0

Alex ChamandyThe following post is written and sponsored by Alexander G. Chamandy of Envescent, LLC, the IT services provider to ARLnow.com.

New requirements for vendors that process credit cards will cause a significant shift in liability for certain types of fraud. But many small business owners are not ready for this important change in payment processing.
 

What is EMV chip-and-sign and how does it work?

EMV technology embeds a microprocessor chip in the credit card — this provides a more secure authentication mechanism that accomplishes two milestones:

  1. verify the credit card’s physical presence at the point of sale;
  2. transmit unique data for each credit card transaction.An EMV chip (illustration).

EMV chip-and-sign reduces the amount of account information compromised from insecure credit card terminals.  It also prevents a malicious party from easily stealing customers’ card swipe data to create counterfeit copies.

The EMV chip is visible on most newer cards as a small gold-colored square (see the above right graphic).  The primary goal of EMV chip technology is to reduce fraud and improve credit card security.  EMV is an industry acronym that stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa.

How are these new requirements changing liability?

Merchants that fail to adopt EMV chip-and-sign technology may be liable for counterfeit, lost and stolen credit card transactions at their location. Merchants who do adopt the new technology should continue to enjoy the same level of fraud protection as they have previously. The new requirements specifically designate the party without EMV capabilities to be liable for losses related to credit card fraud at their location.

Most credit card companies have already issued EMV-enabled cards, and many merchant processors have enabled their EMV credit card processing systems.  That leaves the changes necessary to avoid potential losses from credit card fraud in the hands of business owners.

When is the deadline to convert to this technology?

October 1, 2015 will be when the credit card payment processing liability shift will occur in the United States for most businesses. Merchants processing credit cards at their location must have EMV chip-and-sign readers setup at all point of sale devices to ensure compliance.

How can I prepare my business for these new requirements?

Contact your credit card payment processing service and ask:

  • how the new requirements effect your account;
  • when the changes will take effect for your account (if not October 1st); and
  • what steps your business needs to take to prepare.

Payment processing hardware may need to be upgraded, in some cases payment processing software may also need to be upgraded.

Online sales and manual entry of credit card account information will not be affected by these new requirements.

About the author

Alexander G. Chamandy is a seasoned IT professional with 20 years of industry experience and a lifelong Arlington resident.  He has deep expertise helping small businesses with a number of IT issues, including cybersecurity, data recovery, networking, deploying and maintaining servers as well as open source software.

If your small business needs IT support or consulting, contact Envescent, LLC.  Envescent has helped over 15,000 clients in the Washington, DC area and beyond since 1999.

The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARLnow.com.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — June 4, 2015 at 5:00 am 518 0

Seeing the demand for high-performance, LEED certified homes in the area, Maryland homebuilder SEED Homes (www.seedhomes.com) is relocating their headquarters to Arlington. The move to 3300 Fairfax Dr, in the Clarendon/Va.Square Corridor, will be complete in July.

“As a company, we are moving towards building smaller homes that do not rely on the traditional power supply for electricity. Zero-energy smart homes are not a thing of the future anymore, we are building them now, and can build custom net-zero homes at competitive rates. That is why we want to be in Arlington, where customers prefer quality and character over size and raw numbers” says Vicrum Puri, President and Founder of SEED.   The company puts a different spin on a current buzz word. “Smart homes are not just about technology. If you are not building a beautifully finished home with energy-efficiency, high-performance, durability and home health in mind, it’s not a smart home to me.”

All of the homes built by SEED (which stands for Smart, Energy-Efficient Designed Homes) are LEED Certified. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

The ratings range from basic Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum, its highest grade. SEED has achieved Certification, Silver and Gold ratings in its homes, and has an upcoming project targeting LEED Platinum. The company’s most recent build, at 9207 Kirkdale Rd in Bethesda, MD, is set to achieve a LEED Gold certification. The home features an exhaustive list of performance, durability and sustainability features, including a high-efficiency HVAC system, a solar PV array and locally sourced construction materials. Over 90% of the waste from the construction of the home was recycled, and with a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) index score below 50, the home will use less than ½ of the energy of a home of the same size, built to code.

More info about SEED can be found at www.seedhomes.com

The preceding article was written and sponsored by SEED Homes

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